Tribunes use second-half run to power past OCC

Tribunes use second-half run to power past OCC

ROCHESTER - The MCC women's lacrosse team closed the game on an incredible 11-0 run, breaking a second-half tie to come away with a 15-4 win over regional rival Onondaga Community College Sunday afternoon.

The victory moved the top-ranked Tribunes to 6-0 on the season, while No. 3 OCC dropped to 2-1.

Monroe saw an early four-goal lead evaporate as the Lazers went on a 4-0 run themselves spanning the halves. Molly Beck scored on a free position effort with 23:47 remaining to knot it at four.

The Tribunes reclaimed the lead as Maliah Benedetto scored just 34 seconds later. Sarah Shaffer followed by converting a free position effort to make it 6-4.

The teams then went over 11 minutes without finding the back of the cage. Janee DeLuca broke the drought with a goal with 10:10 remaining to put MCC up three.

Monroe took control with a trio of goals in less than a minute. Kenzie Donahue got it started with an unassisted score with 9:20 left. After Shaffer won the ensuing draw, Adriana Williams scored off a DeLuca feed to make it 9-4. Kyrsten Stone then scored with 8:35 to go to push the Monroe advantage to six.

MCC added five goals down the stretch, while the Tribune defense pressured the Lazers into a handful of turnovers in the game's final minutes.

Williams and Donahue finished with three goals apiece to lead Monroe. Stone and Shaffer scored twice each, while DeLuca finished with a goal and three assists.

Fran Messura added a goal and two assists. Jessica Schiefen and Se'Anna Beikirch scored once each.

Jessica Covell made seven saves in goal for Monroe. Emma Moulton forced four Lazer turnovers, while Ashley Salvett forced three.